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Associate Professor of Public Health

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Dr Simon Fraser is Associate Professor of Public Health based in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.


We need to optimise quality of life and reduce disease and healthcare burden for the growing population of people living with long term health conditions

As a public health doctor building on his past experience as a GP, his research aims to understand and address the determinants, burden, inequalities and adverse outcomes associated with chronic disease. He has a particular interest in kidney disease.

Simon qualified in medicine from Southampton in 1992. After ten years as a full time Principal in General Practice in Southampton, he joined the Wessex Public Health training programme while continuing as a part time GP. He completed his doctoral degree in 2014 on the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease, with a particular interest in inequalities and health literacy.



BM, University of Southampton 1992

MSc Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2009

DM, University of Southampton 2014


DRCOG 1994

DCH 1995

MRCGP 1998

Dip Pall Med 2002

FHEA 2016

MFPH 2011

FFPH 2017


Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, 2017

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2016

Member of the Faculty of Public Health, 2011

Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 1998

Diploma of the Faculty of Public Health, 2010

Diploma in Palliative Medicine, 2002

Diploma of Child Health, 1995

Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning, 1995

Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 1994

Appointments held:

1. Associate Professor of Public Health

2. Consultant in Public Health Medicine / Consultant Advisor, NETSCC, Wessex Institute



Research interests

Simon is currently researching factors influencing treatment burden and capacity among people with chronic kidney disease. He is also leading a team that is exploring ways of optimising medication as a way of reducing both the risk of adverse events and treatment burden

His interests include the use of routine data for research and he is currently using anonymised data from the Care and Health Information Exchange, a large primary care database.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4172-4406

PhD research

Current DM/PhD students: James Morris, Matias Ortiz de Zarate, Qian Tan

Inequalities, outcomes, and health literacy in people with chronic kidney disease

Supervisor: Prof Paul Roderick


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Affiliate Research Project:

ARC study

Medicines optimisation: improving safety and reducing treatment burden among people taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs.

Research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Affiliate research group

Population Health Sciences Research group

Research project(s)

Developing a Multidisciplinary Ecosystem to study Lifecourse Determinants of Complex Mid-life Multimorbidity using Artificial Intelligence (MELD)

Understanding treatment burden and enhancing capacity for older people with chronic kidney disease

This study is exploring people’s experience of managing chronic kidney disease (CKD) - a common long-term condition affecting about a third of older people in the UK.

Faculty of Medicine

Consultant in Public Health / Consultant Advisor, NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, University of Southampton

Evidence based medicine and Public Health lead BM4 programme

Member of the Faculty of Medicine Research Management Committee


Verifier for the Wessex UK Public Health Register Practitioner Scheme


Clinical Adviser, Royal College of General Practitioners

Member of UK Renal Registry Research Methods Study Group

Member of the Kidney Research UK Acute Kidney Injury Clinical Study Group

Editor – 18th, 19th and 20th Renal Registry Annual Reports Chapter 5 – Survival

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Book Chapters





Simon is module lead for the Health Services Organisation and Evaluation module of the MSc Public Health. He also teaches on other areas of the MSc including supervising dissertations and teaching in the epidemiology and health economics modules

He is Public Health and Evidence Based Medicine lead for the BM4 Medicine programme and teaches on public health and EBM topics in the BM5 programme.

Simon also supervises PhD and DM students

He is an Educational Supervisor on the Wessex Public Health Training Scheme

Dr Simon DS Fraser
Level C, South Academic Block Room number AC22 Mailpoint 805 Primary Care and Population Sciences Southampton General Hospital Tremona Road Southampton SO16 6YD

Tel: 02381 206530


Room Number : SGH/AC27/MP805

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